Clackamas County law enforcement personnel are giving new meaning to the phrase “Protect and Serve,” as they plan to trade their badges for aprons at the Black Bear Diner in Wilsonville as part of a special “Tip-A-Cop” event benefiting Special Olympics this Thursday, Oct. 4.
Deputies and police officers will collect tips and help serve Black Bear restaurant guests from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday at the Wilsonville location:
Black Bear Diner – Wilsonville
30175 SW Parkway Ave.
Wilsonville, OR 97070
All tips given to law enforcement will be donated to support Clackamas County Special Olympics athletes.
Special Olympics Oregon serves the largest disability population in the state. It provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
“Tip-A-Cop” is part of the annual “Law Enforcement Torch Run” (LETR) campaign for Special Olympics. LETR — which includes an international series of relay runs and special events like Tip-A-Cop — is presented by more than 144,000 law enforcement officers worldwide to help raise money and public awareness for Special Olympics. LETR is the largest grassroots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics; funds raised go directly to local programs in states or countries where the funds are generated.